First Match (2018)


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Hardened by years in foster care, a teenage girl from Brooklyn's Brownsville neighborhood decides that joining the all-boys' wrestling team is the only way back to her estranged father.

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (7)

Ms. Emanuelle's performance as Mo is certainly spectacular, but I don't think I've seen better screen acting in 2018 than Yahya Abdul-Mateen II's work as Darrel.

May 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Given a handful of fine performances, it's pretty easy to overlook the familiarity of the sports-drama beats to come.

Apr 5, 2018 | Full Review…

[Newman] tells an unvarnished story that grapples with the complexity of father-daughter relationships and the desperation of feeling like you have no choices.

Mar 30, 2018 | Full Review…

A tough film with a tender streak for its protagonist and her struggles.

Mar 30, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Newman doesn't give the film much room to breathe, or to develop Monique as a person beyond her dysfunctions and the solutions thereof. The film's connect-the-dots approach to storytelling leaves it gasping for slice-of-life details.

Mar 30, 2018 | Full Review…
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Every punch hurts, and Newman doesn't skimp on the bruises and blood.

Mar 22, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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